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Preventing trauma and supporting economic growth in Belize

Preventing trauma and supporting economic growth in Belize

Safety on an 80km section of the Western Highway in Belize is set to become much safer, thanks to efforts of the Government and Caribbean Development Bank.

A recent iRAP assessment found that nearly the entire highway is rated 1- or 2-stars for vehicle occupants, who account for the majority of road deaths in Belize.

As part of the project, road infrastructure improvements will be complemented by efforts to raise awareness among road users; increased enforcement of road rules; better post-crash response; and training.

After infrastructure improvements are completed, further iRAP assessments will be used to measure reductions in risk. 

 
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Innovation workshop harnesses knowledge

Innovation workshop harnesses knowledge

The first iRAP Innovation Workshop was held at TRL headquarters in the United Kingdom and brought together experts in road safety engineering from around the world.

Participants at the workshop discussed the fact that during the next 12 months iRAP assessments will be conducted on some 150,000km of roads in low- and middle-income countries – three times as many as in the past five years. 

Participants also considered ways in which innovation in methodology, technology, policy and processes will help support the massive growth in assessments and ensure the results translate into life-saving road improvements.

Notes from the workshop that summarise presentations made by participants are available for download.

 

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New technical references added to the Road Safety Toolkit

New technical references added to the Road Safety Toolkit

The Road Safety Toolkit is designed to provide free information on the causes and prevention of road crashes that cause death and injury.

References recently added to the Toolkit include links to:

If you have any suggestions or would like to submit a case study, please contact Greg Smith ([email protected]). 

 
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Bangladesh on the road to safety

Bangladesh on the road to safety

Major safety improvements are in the pipeline for high-risk roads in Bangladesh.

A second round of iRAP assessments are focusing on some 1,300km of national and regional roads, many of which will be upgraded in coming years. 

The assessments are being led by the RHD and are part of the ADB’s Road Safety Improvement Program. The Program is one of the most significant road safety initiatives of the Bank in recent years and includes both capacity-building and downstream investments. 

iRAP is working with local consultants and stakeholders, including BUET, BRAC and CIPRB. The project has also benefited from the voluntary contribution of Gina Waibl, a leading contributor to  KiwiRAP

 

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Hundreds participate in knowledge sharing event

Hundreds participate in knowledge sharing event

Hundreds of road-safety experts, practitioners, advocates and senior government officials gathered in Thailand for the GRSP Asia Seminar and iRAP Workshop.

The seminar and workshop provided an opportunity for local experts to share their experience in initiatives such as the Building ChinaRAP project, star rating designs in the Indian State of Karnataka and KiwiRAP assessments in New Zealand strategy.

At the event, the iRAP Asia Pacific Star Performer award was jointly received by the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Automobile Association of the Philippines for their outstanding commitment to safety.  

Engineers from the Philippines department of highways are now conducting site visits on three demonstration corridors, taking them a step closer to implementing iRAP safety recommendations – and saving lives.

Presentations from the event are available on the iRAP website and the GRSP website.

 
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‘Unfit for 80’ calls for safer motorways

‘Unfit for 80’ calls for safer motorways

A new report by the Road Safety Foundation says England’s motorways do not currently provide enough protection to car drivers and occupants to consider raising the speed limit to 80 mph.

Unfit for 80’ argues that although cars provide 4-star or 5-star crash protection, too many motorways rate only 3-star and there is a major weakness in run-off protection. 

The costs associated with the 800 serious motorway road crashes annually is £0.4 bn – double that if traffic delays at crash sites are counted.

The report calls for motorways to be brought up to a minimum 4-star standard by 2020.

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Road safety must be a priority at Rio+20

Road safety must be a priority at Rio+20

iRAP has joined other leading organizations calling for road safety to be made a priority at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012. 

The publication of a statement by the organizations coincided with a Donor and Policy Forum in New York. At the event, a new report by Kevin Watkins of the Brookings Institute was published, making the case for inclusion of road safety and a ‘people first’ approach to transport policy in the Rio framework.

There was a significant breakthrough recently when a proposal by the Russian Federation to include road safety ‘as an integral part of sustainable development’ was agreed by the US, European Union, G77 and China during negotiations on draft documentation. 

To support calls for road safety to be made a development priority, visit: http://www.makeroadssafe.org/takeaction/Pages/homepage.aspx.

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Agustin and Morgan join efforts in Latin America

Agustin and Morgan join efforts in Latin America

Agustin Centeno and Morgan Fletcher have joined iRAP’s efforts to make roads safe in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Agustin (left) brings 10 years experience at the Mexican Institute of Transport to his role of Senior Road Safety Engineer. At IMT, Agustin was heavily involved in road safety audits and training. He also led much of the analysis work in the recent Pacific Corridor risk assessments.

Morgan (right) joins iRAP as Road Safety Engineer on a voluntary basis, and is one of a number of young engineers who have expressed interest in developing their experience in a foreign country and making a contribution to international road safety. Prior to joining the team, Morgan worked for almost five years with AECOM as a transport and traffic engineer in Australia.

Agustin and Morgan will each play a critical role assessing more than 45,000km of roads in Mexico, representing around 10% of the nation’s roads, and in projects through Latin America and the Caribbean.

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IMT, MIROS and TRL become iRAP Centres of Excellence

IMT, MIROS and TRL become iRAP Centres of Excellence

The Mexican Institute of Transport (IMT), the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and TRL in the United Kingdom have recently become iRAP Centres of Excellence. 

The establishment of iRAP Centres of Excellence around the world is designed to help build technical knowledge for road assessment programmes and extend the reach of the programmes.  

The Centres are peak organisations that have a demonstrated excellence in road safety engineering and are focused on activities for the public good.  

ARRB Group in Australia was the first iRAP Centre of Excellence. 

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EuroRAP: a decade of safety assessments

EuroRAP: a decade of safety assessments

Over the past decade, EuroRAP has grown from a four-country pilot to a major force for change in more than 20 countries.

EuroRAP will formally celebrate its 10th anniversary on May 22-24, 2012 at the annual General Assembly and Plenary sessions. The meetings are being hosted by Founder Members ADAC at their headquarters in Munich, Germany, where the first EuroRAP meetings took place.  

The event will begin with a one day conference (speaking programme currently being finalised). For more information, contact Jo Marden at [email protected]  

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